Civil Rights Movement in Charlottesville (video)

Posted on December 28, 2015 by PLT Staff

Lecture given by Paul M. Gaston at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Gaston, professor emeritus of history at the University of Virginia, captivated a large audience with his guest lecture on the civil rights movement. Focusing his lecture around the theme “how you bring about change,” Gaston used the University of Virginia as his primary example and also included personal anecdotes on the process of integration in the Charlottesville community. This session incorporated question and answer periods following each part of the lecture. For a listing of all our Occasional Lectures, click here.

Excerpt: “Each year the cadre of protesting students was enlarged. And I think it was enlarged because there were students who in high school had been watching television, and they’d been watching the white Southerners, and some white Northerners too, express with crow bars, burnings, everything horrible about the nature of the opposition to integration. And they began to think at home that this isn’t right. Something ought to be done about it.”

  • Video Information
  • Date Recorded:September 24, 2014
  • Location Recorded:Charlottesville, VA
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